Ludi Saeculares


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Noun1.Ludi Saeculares - the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation); observances may have begun as early as the 5th century BC and lasted well into the Christian era
festivity, celebration - any joyous diversion
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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In Rome, where religion was closely tied to political power, the same applied (99-100): the Ludi Saeculares (100), the triumphal processions (100), the Cerealia (100), Fornacilia (100-01) and Parilia (101).
Also first-rate are his descriptions of individual events and the decipherment of the political and/or social messages encoded within them (notably the ludi saeculares in 17 B.
This much is assumed in the following passage, from Zanker's The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus, which introduces a discussion of the Ludi Saeculares alongside other themes of plenty under the general heading `AUREA AETAS':
Zanker presents the process of commissioning and performance of the Carmen as the manipulation by Augustus of a popular aspiration for what he terms a `"Saturnian" age of happiness'; the purpose of the Ludi Saeculares of 17 B.